Force India duo 'well prepared' for first race
8 March 2014 – Force India drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez feel that they are "well prepared" for the opening round of the season in Australia, having enjoyed a positive end to the winter testing period with the VJM07.
The pair combined to rack up the second highest mileage total of the 11 teams in action during the final week of pre-season testing in Bahrain, with Pérez finishing sixth and Hülkenberg eighth on the overall timesheets.
"The car has come a long way since Jerez," said Hülkenberg, who returns to the team after a season at Sauber.
"We made steps at each test and I think we made very good use of the time we had available. I don't think we're in bad shape. There is always more you can do, but we're pretty well prepared."
When pushed over his targets, Hülkenberg added: "It's not easy to say. Testing only tells you so much, but I think we still have some performance in our pocket. I just hope we are competitive and can race for good points."
Pérez, who has joined from McLaren, added: "I think we are feeling well prepared going into Melbourne.
"Testing has had its ups and downs, as always, but we ended the second Bahrain test in a good position. There are still areas we need to improve, but I think we have made a good start and we can build on that."